Tales of the Texas Rangers, a western adventure old-time radio drama, premiered on July 8, 1950, on the US NBC radio network and remained on the air through September 14, 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal, to track them down. The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties.
November 3, 2017 Subject:
One of the best.
This is one of my favorite OTR shows. I love the realism, and the "no holds barred" approach to the crimes. Great acting throughout, with many of the Hollywood radio greats.
August 5, 2017 Subject:
I really enjoy Joel M. as an actor and now as a radio personality in the Texas Rangers. I am old enough to remember listening to radio shows but had never heard this one and am really enjoying it. I have a sleep disorder and love listening to this late at night. The mixture of cars and horses was used quite a bit in the early 50s with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, plus some films. I guess we forget how primitive some roads in the West until the late 30 to 50s . Sound iss good also
April 16, 2017 Subject:
One of the Best!
So many websites categorize this series as a western. This is not what you'd consider a classic western. It takes place during the time it was broadcast, I think the 50s. They drive cars, have phones, crime labs, and all the other modern conveniences of 50s America. True, they do ride a lot of horses, but that's the only thing "western" about it.
This is definitely one of my favorite "based on fact" crime series. It's well acted and the scripts are realistic. Also, the theme song is arguably the best, most rousing theme songs ever written for radio.
March 13, 2017 Subject:
Tales Of The Texas Rangers
Sad to say last night I listened to the last episode,Drive Info this very entertaining series.I am also a big fan of Joel McCrea,went to visit his ranch a few years ago.I really did enjoy this series.
December 22, 2016 Subject:
great shows. The commercials were a bonus.
My one and only issue is with the sound effects. They over played the same howling coyote, the same stomping hooves of the same horses and worst of all is the same old rooster crowing over and over again in every episode. I almost snapped my paint brush over that damned rooster!!!!
March 26, 2016 Subject:
What a wonderful Radio show!!!
I'm 21 years old and I am happy to have found this, it's so... Cool!!
This is a really interesting radio show and myself being from Texas, it gives me a great outlook on the 50's and everything that went through to make this, I'm sure if I would have never grew up with TV i would have enjoyed this more. It is a lot better than what is on the radio and television nowadays, I'll give it that.
January 17, 2016 Subject:
Are there any more?
I have listen to everyone you have on this site
June 26, 2015 Subject:
One Of The Best, If Not The Best.
I enjoy this series the best of them all, really like Joel McCrea. Most under rated, but not by me.
August 25, 2014 Subject:
Dated material, but still highly enjoyable listening
Introduced to Tales of the Texas Rangers on satellite radio and pleased to find it available here. I've discontinued my subscription to sat. radio as the commercials and announcer (post merger) grate on my nerves. It's terrific assembling these classic episodes to listen at my leisure. At 250,000 downloads alone for TotTR that's high praise.
The production quality of these shows is very high, though some elements of character dialect may be offensive, bearing in mind these were recorded in the early 1950s, over 60 years ago, most people have recognized it's no longer appropriate and moved on and can still hear these characters without thinking less of of them.
September 22, 2013 Subject:
Texas Rangers in WWII & Korea
During WWII the captured Nazi thought the Rangers (Army type) were actually Texas Rangers....they were in fear of these rangers since many of them had heard the stories of how fearless the Rangers were. I ran into a POW from Korea a few years back (I do historical work as well as fly WWII Aircaft)and he was telling me they would listen at night to this series when the N. Korean's were not around. He said for the two years he was a POW they managed to hide that radio from their captives.
May 7, 2013 Subject:
Old Radio Shows
When I lived in Japan 30 years ago, I used to listen to old radio shows on the Far East Network - I looked forward to them every Sunday night.
When I moved to Los Angeles, I found two episodes broadcast each night at 9PM and repeated again at 2AM.
I love all old time radio programs because they allow you to use your imagination for all of the "visuals."
Tales of the Texas Rangers is an especially good program because of its authenticity. And, were such sentences still handed out for crimes today, it would be more of a deterrant.
I've listened to every episode, multiple times, of Night Beat, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Gunsmoke, The Great Gildersleeve and Tales of the Texas Rangers among others.
In fact, I gave away my TV years ago and do not miss it at all.
March 23, 2013 Subject:
Blood Trail - just listened to it.
March 16, 2013 Subject:
This is one of my favorite OTR shows. I have probably listened to each one two or three times. To those of you out there who are also fans of Tales of the Texas Rangers, can any of you remember which show talked about cattle who were infected with anthrax? I suppose if I had hours and hours to research it, I could find it myself, but if anyone out there already knows, I would love to share that particular episode with a friend.
February 26, 2011 Subject:
One of the best
Ranks up there with 21st precinct, Gunsmoke, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, The Six Shooter, and Philip Marlowe
Great scripts, production, background audio, and actors.
April 24, 2009 Subject:
I love these shows, and not just because I'm originally from Texas. The quality of the story-telling, acting, and especially the astonishingly subtle and realistic sound-effects, make these real gems. One thing I appreciate is that they are for adults, not children, and so involve grown-up themes -- bad marriages, business deals gone sour, corruption, addiction, poverty, prejudice. They've been a really satisfying discovery for me as a listener.
Certain recurring elements consistently amuse and delight me: the rising inflection when the announcer declares that "the events are a matter of record!"; the way so many episodes turn on analysis of forensic evidence by the Rangers' crack scientists back in Austin; how almost every case ultimately requires Jace to pursue the villain on horseback, so it's lucky that he just happens to have brought along good old Charcoal in a horse-trailer; and the fact that almost every character speaks with what sounds at least something like a Texas accent, except for the Texas Ranger himself, who sounds as if he might have ridden in from Connecticut.
A truly outstanding, thoroughly enjoyable series.
March 8, 2009 Subject:
Surprisingly good show
Downloaded a couple of episodes of this show. Writing is consistently good, apparently based on real cases and using the science of the day. Main draw of course is movie star Joel McCrea but the other actors are as good or better. I'd be interested in knowing what latter-day Hispanics think of the Mexican character in the 'The Hitch-Hiker' episode.
January 10, 2008 Subject:
Tales of the Texas Rangers
Oh yes....CSI comparisons....come on folks, these are years apart. Guess you are not old enough to remember the good ol days. Yep, today is good but years ago was simple. Enjoy what you have now. Who knows how long it will last.
This was a great series---although it couldn't REALLY hold its own with CSI, the science of Criminology being somewhat less advanced in those days but it was state of the art for its time.
The only problem with this file is when you select "whole directory" as a zip file---you only get FOUR of the files. The rest you have to download individually...which takes some time. But it IS worth it. This belongs in any Old Time Radio Lover's Collection.
July 17, 2007 Subject:
One of my favorites. Could hold it's own with todays C.S.I.'s. Good acting, Good casts, and stories. Holds your attention. Wish their were more like it!
June 25, 2007 Subject:
Texas_Rangers_1950_09_23_12_Open_And_Shut.mp3 is actually 51-11-11 Open and Shut. At the end hey ask you to listen to the "Age of Innocence" on Theater Guild on the Air later that night (which on aired 51-11-11).